SF Mission Graduates Receive Surprise Scholarship Through Community Fundraiser

first_img 0% Four graduating seniors at John O’Connell High School were surprised to find out during their May 25 graduation ceremony that they had been chosen as the recipients of a scholarship totaling $10,000.The money came from local business and community institutions and was part of a fundraising effort on behalf of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, a citywide community partnership that supports children and families living and working in the Mission District. It was distributed among the recipients according to need.“I had no idea that they chose me, I was about to cry up there,” said 17-year-old Karen Guzman. “This money really means a lot to me — so many other people applied for it, I didn’t think I would get it.”Guzman has plans of attending Holy Names University in Oakland, where she will be studying Human Communications and Business. For some of the other recipients of the scholarship, the money could be the deciding factor in whether or not they will be enrolling in college this year. Tags: high school • john o’connell high school • meda Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “Honestly, without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to go to college,” said John O’Connell graduate Anahi Velazquez, adding that she will be enrolling in San Francisco State University’s nursing program in the Fall. “The tuition is almost $7,000 at SF State. This is a huge relief for me because its  paying for [a large part of] my tuition.”For Ivonne Villanueva, the Mission Promise Neighborhood scholarship was the first she has received, and will enable to her to focus on her schoolwork during her first year of college.“I was planning on working two jobs, so this really helps me,” she said.Amelia Martinez, Mission Promise Neighborhood’s Family Success Coach Manager,  coordinated the scholarships and said that the money was raised in less than two months. Local businesses and community members were enlisted in the fundraising effort, and Martinez said she was surprised when the organization exceeded its first goal.“We ended up asking our friends, people in the community, and held fundraisers at local businesses like Cease & Desist and Cha Cha Cha,” said Martinez. San Francisco Board of Education President Matt Haney acted as a bartender to help get the necessary money raised, she said. The community effort was so successful that Martinez applied for a grant with the First Republic Bank that rounded the available scholarship fund to $10,000. “At the end of the day, we raised more than our goal and were able to give out four scholarships.”“[Mission Promise Neighborhood] is about collaboration and the community coming together and supporting [its members] all the way,” said Martinez. “This effort was a true example of that.”John O’Connell Counselor Amy Abero assisted Martinez in choosing the students from dozens of applicants — all of whom were deserving of the money, she said.“It was a difficult decision because I honestly felt that all of the students who applied should receive a scholarship, but the money was limited,” said Abero. “We looked at kids who worked really hard and were just short of having the money to cover their tuitions, and AB540 [undocumented] students who we knew needed more help.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe high school’s principal, Mark Alvarado, praised the effort in terms of providing additional opportunity for some his disadvantaged students. Altogether, the school’s 2016 graduating class has received $250,000 in scholarships — but not all of the 70 seniors that graduated on Wednesday have equal access to applying for free college tuition.Alvarado said that the school’s student body is more than 55 percent Latino and that some are undocumented students who are limited in applying for tuition assistance because of their status.“It’s really about ensuring that all of the students have opportunities for scholarships, including students going into four-year universities as well as City College and those who are going right into the workforce,” said Alvarado. “Are we covering all of our students and is the level of support there for all of them?”Patricia Barraza, John O’Connell’s After School program coordinator, also had a hand in the decision making, and broke down in tears as she recounted the scholarship students’ application stories, some of which she has witnessed personally over the past four years.“These kids are from the Mission and have each had their own experiences that shaped them,” said Barraza. One of the four scholarship recipients, Elwood Mac Murray, experienced tragedy when his 14-year-old cousin, Sacred Heart Preparatory student Rashawn Williams, was stabbed by a classmate in front of a Mission District grocery store in 2014.“There’s violence in this community, there are ICE raids, there are families that are being evicted. To remain focused on school throughout all of this is truly incredible and deserving [of this scholarship],” said Barraza. last_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook says matches against the

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook says matches against the Broncos are always the ones he looks out for at the beginning of the season.Since joining the Club in 2011, ‘LMS’ has been one of Saints most consistent performers and is anticipating another big end to the campaign – starting tonight with a game against his former employers.“I can’t wait to play them,” he said. “I always look for games against London; they are the games I look forward to.“A couple of the old boys are still there and I will say hello to them. I might even pop to the hotel the night before and see if they want a chat.“They’ve picked up some form in the last few weeks and Tony Rea has made a big difference. But I always knew they were a good team when all their players are fit and on the field.“Tony gave me my debut and got me started on the road of rugby league and I am grateful for that as I am up here playing for one of the best clubs in the world. I owe him a lot; he got me on the path.”Louie played 97 times for Quins but ultimately there’s no room for sentiment.“We’re coming into this game on the back of a good win,” he added. “We had two bad losses and we weren’t happy with that. The mood was terrible but now we are upbeat and thinking ahead.“We have London, Wigan and then into the Playoffs. The intensity will jump them and the boys are raring to go.“We haven’t peaked yet; we are grinding at the stone. But come the end of the season we will be there.”Tickets for tonight’s game will be on sale right up until kick off from the Ticket Office. You can also use the cash turnstiles in the North and East Stands. You can also renew your season tickets at the Ticket Office too.last_img read more

SUPER League General Manager has spoken of his del

first_imgSUPER League General Manager has spoken of his delight at the SOLD OUT signs going up at Langtree Park for the World Club Challenge game against the Bunnies.“I’m delighted to hear that the St Helens v South Sydney Rabbitohs game has sold out three weeks before the game kicks off,” he said. “This shows how much excitement surrounds the World Club Series with fans snapping up tickets early for this match in record time.“It’s clear that fans can’t wait to see Super League take on the NRL, and watch our best players match-up against stars like Greg Inglis, Benji Marshall, Sam Thaiday and Gareth Widdop.“Tickets for the remaining two matches are selling fast and we would love to see three packed crowds cheering on our Super League clubs as they battle three great NRL teams.”last_img read more

Pastor reflects on Billy Grahams impact on people

first_img “As he spoke and just think of the millions and millions and millions of people that he was able to speak with and the consistency of his message, I think which was just surrounded by love for people was just amazing. It just was evident. You could feel it in the air. It was palpable,” Holt said.Holt said Graham’s impact went beyond his crusades and he’s noticed many people sharing how Graham changed their lives. Holt says Billy Graham is achieving one thing Christians always desired to be with God in the end. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The mark Billy Graham left on people in the Cape Fear is unimaginable. For some pastors in the area, it’s hard to imagine a world without the man some call “America’s Pastor.”Dave Holt is a pastor with Mission Wilmington. Holt says Graham was a huge influence on him and the work he does. He said he’s never seen someone with the same kind of influence on Christianity and society like Graham. He remembers hearing Graham in Boone years ago and says his words just had an affect on him and others who were there.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Oak Island looking for police fire volunteers Beach Ambassadors

first_img The town also says it needs Beach Ambassadors, who help explain the beach rules to visitors.If you are interested in helping out in one of these areas or in some other way, you can fill out the town’s Volunteer Application by clicking here. Applications are also available at the front desk of Town Hall or by contacting Rose Braam, Admin Support Specialist, at (910) 201-8015 or rbraam@ci.oak-island.nc.us.Background checks are required. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Retired and looking for something to pass the time, maybe even at the beach? Oak Island is looking for volunteers to help the police and fire departments and serve as Beach Ambassadors.In a news release, the town says it is interested in retired police officers to serve as police volunteers to help enforce parking regulations and retired firefighters to drive a truck in parades or work community events.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Closing arguments wrap up in Whiteville police officer trial one charge dismissed

first_img After the state rested its case, Herring’s attorney motioned to dismiss all charges, saying Herring was doing his job and Juwarn Britt was interfering with justice.Herring’s attorney accused Britt of selective amnesia and said his testimony is not credible, that he simply ‘wants to get rid of the officer who brought him to justice.’On December 17, 2015, Herring and another officer arrested Britt. While Britt was handcuffed in the back of the patrol car, Herring allegedly hit him after an argument escalated. Herring is also accused of taking off his police badge and throwing it against the windshield hard enough to damage the windshield.Related Article: WPD seeks Leland man who crashed into downtown signThe SBI investigated and a grand jury indicted Herring, who is currently on administrative leave.In court, Herring’s attorney admitted Herring did throw the badge but it was because he was aggravated. He said Herring should only get a reprimanded for throwing the badge.The prosecution said Britt was vulnerable, in handcuffs and seatbelted in. She said Herring threw the badge and in reality, no one would indict an officer of the law for dealing with someone who is mouthy, but ‘to remove his badge, what is his intention?’Herring was charged with simple assault, willful failure to discharge duties, and obstruction of justice. After closing arguments, the judge took a break and left the courtroom.When he returned, he eventually dismissed the obstruction of justice charge.This is a bench trial, which means there is no jury.Court resumes tomorrow. Ofc. Aaron Herring walks into court on April 19, 2018 (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The fate of whether a Whiteville Police Sergeant broke the law during an arrest in 2015 is now in the hands of a judge, who dismissed one of the charges.Closing arguments took place late this afternoon in the trial of Aaron Herring.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper talks about possible coal ash leak

first_img The dam surrounding Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant has breached. Floodwaters from Cape Fear River ran into a nearby lake and now, there’s a fear coal ash is spilling back into the river on its south side.“We don’t know the seriousness of the breach or how much, if there’s a dangerous amount in there. We don’t know. They’re working to get there and making sure it’s safe for their crews to get in there, but I know the secretary is working on that,” Cooper said.Friday, Duke Energy employees were evacuated and the natural gas plant has been shut down until further notice.Related Article: McCrae Dowless won’t testify in hearing on disputed congressional raceCape Fear River a source for drinking water. If coal ash is consumed, it can cause serious health problems.“It’s important right now that we make sure people have enough clean water to drink as we’re dealing with emergency situations,” Cooper said.Gov. Cooper says there are a lot of areas of concern regarding coal ash and that the rules need to be revamped.Addressing those issues he says, is another challenge that his administration is on top of.“I think one way to deal with this is to rely more on renewable energy. I think our investment in solar and wind should be strengthened, particularly as we see what has happened,” Cooper said. Cape Fear River (Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WWAY)- Gov. Roy Cooper is paying attention to the possibility of coal ash being leaked into the Cape Fear River.“It is deeply concerning. Our Department of Environmental Quality is on it,” Cooper said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds ribbon cutting ceremony

first_img Ironically, Hurricane Florence delayed the debut of the shelter which was designed for post-hurricane relief.With the help of many volunteers and organizations, they hosted the ribbon cutting Friday afternoon.“The project is designed to be a shelter that can be donated for post-hurricane relief,” Charlotte Townes said. “So the aspects that we featured are that it’s affordable, it ships easily on pallets, it’s essentially a roof over your head to keep the rain out and it’s a floor to sleep on.”Related Article: County residents encouraged to get storm debris curbside by MondayThe shelter will be used as a garden shed and produce stand for the community. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a debut that’s been a long time coming. The RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter has been unveiled at a community garden in Wilmington.The shelter, located on 4th and Castle streets, was originally supposed to be displayed in downtown Wilmington for parking day in September 2018.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NHSO Man arrested for robbing area Walgreens pharmacy

first_imgCasey Graham Futch (Photo NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man they say robbed a Walgreens at gunpoint.It happened Tuesday afternoon at the Walgreens at North College Road and Kerr Avenue in Murrayville.- Advertisement – According to the sheriff’s office, 42-year-old Casey Graham Futch went to the pharmacy counter and demanded drugs. After he reportedly threatened the use of a gun, he was given two bottles.Deputies say he walked away from the scene.Futch was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.Related Article: Men accused of failing to do construction jobs after paidHe is in the New Hanover County jail under a $250,000 bond.last_img

A difficult year full of extraordinary hurdles – Busuttil on the Panama

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonlista MP Simon Busuttil expressed relief that there are still Maltese who are ready to fight for truth and justice. In a reaction to the judgement handed down by Magistrate Doreen Clarke who said that there was enough evidence for Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri t be investigated for criminal offences related to the Panama Papers scandal, Busuttil said that this was a small chink of light that justice in Malta may yet prevail. He described the past three years as ‘difficult’ and said that the obstacles and legal traps laid out by Mizzi and Schembri had been nothing short of ‘extraordinary’. “Today we have made a first step” said a visibly relieved Busuttil, adding that he had no doubt that the story would not end there.A 77 page List of evidenceNewsbook.com.mt observed to Busuttil that past magisterial inquiries have as yet drawn blanks. Busuttil retorted that this is indeed a concern “ Nothing happened because those running the country are not letting justice run its proper and free course” he said. He added that it should have been Mizzi and Schembri who should have been insisting on legal proceedings to clear their names, and this should have been done 3 years ago. Busuttil said that the original document which had been presented to court had contained a list of evidence of over 77 pages in length. Read Also: Magistrate announces inquiry into Panama Papers – Repubblika                  Panama Papers: Mizzi is using every tactic to limit inquiry – BusuttilWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more